Dyscalculia is not the result of poor maths teaching or of finding it hard. It is a fundamental problem with arithmetic. The American Psychiatric Association defines it as ‘Difficulties in production or comprehension of quantities, numerical symbols, or basic arithmetic operations that are not consistent with the person’s chronological age, educational opportunities, or intellectual abilities.’
It is thought that anywhere between 3% - 6% have dyscalculia
A diagnosis is not currently available on the NHS and must be sought privately. TSSA Neurodiversity Equality Reps can provide a screener (not a diagnosis).
Features of Dyscalculia
- Strategic thinking (holistic situation thinking)
- Practical ability
- Problem solving
- Love of words (exceptional reading and writing skills)
- Working with money, doing expenses
- Calculating and telling time
- Judging speed or distance
- Knowing numbers and words are the same (e.g. 5 and five)
- Holding numbers in your head while solving problems
Dyscalculia -Reasonable Adjustments
Some suggestions for workplace changes are listed below
Examples of where key reasonable adjustments can be made are listed below but, this is not an exhaustive list and not everything will be applicable to everyone.
- Voice calculator
- Speech to text software for PC and phone
- 24 hour clock on the desk
- Workplace mentor
- Dyscalculator app
- Tools with pre-measured guides
- Posters with frequently used functions
- Additional time to complete tasks
- Adjustments to performance reviews
- Pre-enter numbers for speed dialling
- Expenses app which automats from scanned receipts/invoices
- Clear and concise instructions
- A quiet space to work
- Pre-enter essential numbers for speed dialling
- Flexible working
- Working from home
- Desk screens to reduce noise
- Use of headphones
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